Everybody’s doing a brand new dance now

For some reason, I feel compelled to look up all of the versions of “The Loco-Motion” I could find. First, there’s the original, by Little Eva in 1962:

Little Eva, born Eva Narcissus Boyd, was the babysitter for songwriters Gerry Goffin and Carole King before selling a million copies of this song. She died of cervical cancer in 2003.

1962 was when Sylvie Vartan recorded a French version of the song:

Vartan, who was 18 at the time, had several more pop hits in France, and became known as one of the yé-yé girls.

Fast-forward to 1974, and Grand Funk Railroad’s version:

The best part of this is the wah-wah in the guitar solo. The 1970s were a long time ago.

Next up is a young Kylie Minogue and her 1987 version:

So much 1980s hair and synthesizer! So much youthful cheerfulness! Minogue, who was 19 at the time, went on to become a star and stuff like that.

Carole King, who co-wrote the song, recorded her own version in 1980:

Sadly, it sounds like Little Eva’s version (the two women had similar voices) but not quite as good.

A disco band named Ritz covered it in 1979, though I had to fast-forward to determine whether it was the same song:

A group of three women named Atomic Kitten recorded a dance-pop version in 2000, which I didn’t listen to for long:

They are from Liverpool, and I had never heard of them, even though (a) they were founded by Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s Andy McCluskey, (b) they have sold more than 10 million records, and (c) they are sometimes willing to display a fair bit of skin.

Finally, there’s Kids Incorporated’s version from 1989, featuring kids with 1980s hair:

Kids Incorporated was a TV series from 1984 to 1992. I could not watch more than a few seconds of this, but then it wasn’t intended for me anyway. Jennifer Love Hewitt is the most famous alumnus of this show (I’m not sure whether she is in this video).

No one seems to have covered The Loco-Motion recently, so it’s probably about time for a remake. A marketing opportunity awaits!







About davetill

I'm a writer and occasional web designer. I live in Toronto.
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